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Ten priorities for how government can help Calgary business in 2016

Ten priorities for how government can help Calgary business in 2016

2015 was a year of profound political and economic change for our city, Alberta, and Canada overall. As the business community looks to find its footing in 2016 amidst these fundamental economic and political shifts, your Calgary Chamber remains committed to its mission of supporting a competitive and prosperous business climate, and ensuring that we continue to advocate for public policy measures that will strengthen the pillars of long-term economic growth.

Read our list of the top ten business priorities we will be asking our leaders to work on in 2016.


Bringing you closer to the experts

What does Alberta's Climate Leadership plan mean for business?

Alberta's climate leadership plan: What it means for business

The Government of Alberta recently released their Climate Leadership report and on December 9th, over a nice cocktail at The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen, the Calgary Chamber engaged the lead author, Dr. Andrew Leach, and an expert panel in a discussion to explore the report’s implications for our province's energy sector and economy. 

In case you weren't able to join us at the event, you can listen to the full audio of the panel's discussion to learn what the report means for business.

Click here to listen to the audio.

Legge: The necessity for innovation and diversification in Alberta

Legge: The necessity for innovation and diversification in Alberta 

While we Albertans know the world will always need our oil for some things, it's also clear that our economy will never look the same, mainly because of three forces that are reshaping the nature of our main economic engine:

  • A structural and transformational shift in the oil and gas industry worldwide;
  • Global movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through policy, regulation and cost structures;
  • Exponential development and adoption of technologies that will compete with hydrocarbons.  

Our business and economic future rests upon doing two things: being more innovative and growing our economic basket.

Read Chamber President Adam Legge's latest blog on how we can build a healthier and more resilient Alberta economy.


Progress on tax relief for struggling businesses

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Progress on tax relief for struggling businesses

On Friday, December 11, 2015 your Calgary Chamber said we would work for you to help create meaningful steps to support struggling businesses in our city.

We are pleased to report back that on Monday, December 14, 2015, City Council adopted a motion specifically directing City administration to work with the Chamber to develop a non-residential property tax deferment program to provide temporary relief for businesses facing financial hardship.

Read more about how the Chamber will be working with the City of Calgary on this program in the coming months.